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Buffalo Bills fan opinions of Brian Daboll’s first year as offensive coordinator

Lay it on us, Bills fans. What did you think of the job done by Daboll?

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator job was turned over to Brian Daboll one year ago after the firing of Rick Dennison. Dennison inherited the number-one rushing offense in the league (in both yards per game and per play) and blew it up in one season.

With Daboll in town, the Bills completely overhauled their entire offensive roster and took it all the way down to the studs. The Bills had entirely new quarterbacks and a mostly new offensive line, not to mention a wide receiver corps younger and cheaper than any in the league. To put it mildly, Daboll was dealt a difficult hand.

Here is how it all shook out in 2018. Please vote in the poll below.

  • Started Nathan Peterman in Week 1 of the season. He was benched at halftime for rookie Josh Allen. Allen started and finished ten games. Peterman was eventually released.
  • AJ McCarron was traded before Week 1. Buffalo eventually added Derek Anderson and Matt Barkley to the roster. Both would start games less than two weeks later.
  • Began the year with Kelvin Benjamin as starting receiver, but he was released in December. Eventually, UDFA Robert Foster landed the role.
  • Replaced the abruptly retired Eric Wood with Ryan Groy, who eventually gave way to Russell Bodine. Groy was re-inserted after a Bodine injury.
  • Replaced the released Richie Incognito with Vladimir Ducasse, who moved from right to left guard, and replaced Ducasse with John Miller. Ducasse was eventually benched for rookie Wyatt Teller.
  • Rushing attack fell in the tank. Despite finishing ninth in rushing yards, they managed just 1,228 yards from the running backs. They finished the season 21st in yards-per-attempt. LeSean McCoy finished at 3.2 yards-per-attempt and fewer than 40 yards-per-game, both career-lows.
  • Passing game was also suspect, finishing 31st in yards and 32nd in passing touchdowns. They were 31st in interceptions, as well.
  • Daboll’s squad finished 30th in third-down conversion percentage (31.6%) and 16th in red-zone scoring percentage (59.5%).
  • Average number of plays-per-drive (28th) and time-per-drive (26th) were in the bottom quarter of league averages.
  • They maintained the fourth-highest turnover percentage in the league.
  • 30th in scoring percentage, points for, and yardage.


Do you approve of the job Brian Daboll did as offensive coordinator in 2018?

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  • 83%
    (2858 votes)
  • 16%
    (561 votes)
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